The Monastery of Saint Simeon

The monastery of Saint Simeon is situated on the western side of the Nile, south of Qubbet al-Hawa. It is one of the largest and most well preserved monastic sites in Egypt, dedicated to a local saint who became bishop of Aswan under Theophilus (389-412). Of its origins we know little, although it is believed […]

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Unfinished Obelisk – Granite Quarries

The famous granite quarries lie in the hills to the south of Aswan, just off the main road. They were the main source of granite in Egypt, exploited from earliest times right through to the Greco-Roman Period. The Fourth Dynasty pharaohs who built the pyramids at Giza (2613-2494 B.C.) were among those who exploited the […]

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Kom ombo Temple

Situated between Aswan and Edfu, Kom Ombo is the ancient city of Pa-Sebek, ‘the Domain of Sobek’, the crocodile god worshipped since Predynastic times, and part of the Upper Egyptian region which was the realm of the old falcon-god Horus. A temple seems to have been built here in the New Kingdom, perhaps on the […]

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Aswan City

Egypt’s sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up […]

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Philae Temple

The island of Philae, famous for centuries for its rich heritage of temples, now lies submerged beneath the waters of Lake Nasser to the south of Aswan. Thankfully, however, when the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960s the island’s temples were dismantled and then reconstructed on the higher terrain of nearby Agilkia Island, […]

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